NFL Picks Week 4: Which Teams Will Stay Undefeated?

Jon BanksContributor IIOctober 2, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills watches play from the sidelines against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 34-31.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Though it is only Week 4, every week matters in the NFL. For the right to stay undefeated and have a big leg up on every other opponent in your conference is a huge advantage, and luxury for teams.

However, can the undefeated teams playing today keep it going? They all have a chance to do that, but let's take a look at their matchup and see if they have a legitimate chance to go into the next week 4-0.

Buffalo Bills
(3-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-2)

This is still so very weird to me. The Bills are not only 3-0, but they stomped the Chiefs, came back against a good Raiders and the Patriots to win at the last minute. This team seems legit enough to have a chance at the playoffs even in their AFC East division. However, can they make it through this game?

Sure, some of you may just laugh off the Bengals (as would I on most days), however, letdown games are real and happen on almost a weekly basis.

The best example I can think of is the Week 2 matchup between the Ravens and the Titans. The Ravens had just crushed the AFC Champion Steelers into the ground, then went on the road to Tennessee and lost by two scores. Had that been any other day, the Ravens would have likely won.

As for this game, I'd put the odds at the Bills winning at 60 percent. I like the Bills team, but they need to make sure they know how to win before they get in too deep.


Denver Broncos (1-2) @ Green Bay Packers (3-0)

I'd bet money on this game, if I had money to bet. I don't see the Packers losing unless Aaron Rodgers quits in the first quarter, along with Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings, Charles Woodson, and B.J. Raji. Count this as a Packers win now, and save yourself the trouble.


Detroit Lions (3-0) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-1)

Here it is, the ultimate test for the Lions: a game that is being played to almost all of America, against a good competitor, on the road. If the Lions come back from Dallas with a win, they will have all of America jumping on their bandwagon as the ultimate underdog story.

As for their chances? They need to be prepared for a shootout. Their secondary is suspect, but the Cowboys' is too. The Cowboys also have Dez Bryant, and the Lions have Calvin Johnson, who is playing as one of the best receivers in the league, along with Andre Johnson. The Lions' pass rush may be the key to winning here; luckily, they have the best young defensive tackle in Ndamukong Suh to lead the way. Chances of winning: 75 percent.